Kinmen was developed quite early. Since the time of Dong Jin, due to turmoil caused by the five frontier tribes around China, some Han Chinese people migrated to this area at about more than 1600 years ago. Through Tang and Song Dynasties, officers were designated in governance of this place. Therefore, this place has a long standing relationship with the origin of the Chinese culture as evidenced by the historical antiquities in many places. It can be imagined how long ago when this place was established for its architectural environment and gifted with its cultural roots. Moreover, Kinmen has been a prosperous place in terms of literacy. Since the time of Nan Song when Zhu Xi started teaching in here, quite a few talents have come out from this island and earned the reputation for the island as the “ocean side cultural town”. Kinmen has a total of 39 designated antiquities, and 12 of them are located within the National Park. Respectively, they are the national designated antiquities ─Cyonglin Tsai Family Ancestral Shrine, Shueitou Huang Family Ancestral Shrine, Wentai Pagoda, and the Petroglyph of Syujiangsiaowo, all four places; and the county designated antiquities ─ the Petroglyph of Hanyingyungen, Gulongtou Shueiwei Tower, Tomb of Qiu Liang-Gong, Cyonglin Three Widows Chastity Arch, Tomb of Tsai Pan-Lung, Haiyin Temple Shihmen Gate, Tomb of Wen Ying-Ju, all 8 places. Notwithstanding Kinmen has been seen as a small place through the past dynasties, nevertheless the pioneers on the island worked hard to deep root its long standing culture in here.

The traditional architectural cultures have been the most enriched cultural assets of Kinmen National Park. We have Oucuo, Jhushan, Shueitou, Cyonglin, Shanhou, Nanshan and Beishan, all seven representative traditional villages. Most of them have preserved the traditional Zhang Quan styled South Fujian architectures which were generally built based on the courtyard format that may not be large but extremely strong with a closed outlook in their peacefulness. Special decorative methods included varieties of folk tradition as evil preventing spiritual symbols, such as the oven on the roof, the Bagua graph on the door head, the Shihgandang on forked roads, the Wind Lion God that protects the villages, are even the unique features of Kinmen’s traditional architectures. In a large scale village, South Fujian culture can be seen everywhere evidenced by traces of geomancy orientation and ethical arrangements, from which can also be seen the completeness in the preservation of family system and ancestral worship activities in Kinmen. After the opium war in Qing Dynasty, Kinmen on the edge of China, having large number of young people travelled overseas to find job opportunities who came back in richness and improved the hometown’s prosperity. They also built many Chinese and Western-style combined houses mostly with Baroque style decorations, making the Chinese and foreign style in one as a special overseas Chinese hometown culture in Kinmen.

In order to preserve Kinmen’s unique and long standing cultural and historical environment, Kinmen National Park has published varieties of narrative media and publication including: culture films CD, DVD and photographs, in a hope to promote Kinmen’s unique culture and folk arts to the world in both historical and systematic ways.

Quemoy Impressions DVD (English/Chinese)
金門的人文及自然景觀 ,面積雖然不大,但卻同時兼具豐富與典雅的特質。走入金門的傳統聚落,看看金門的節慶與廟會活動及戰役史跡。,加以四面環海,又多人工湖沼水澤,多樣化的生育環境,孕育出金門豐富的自然生態景觀,它雖然面積不大,但鳥類種類繁多,是賞鳥的好地點。

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